Fines and closures as labour inspectors receive 3,500 coronavirus-related complaints


Social affairs ministry inspectors received around 3,500 complaints about coronavirus-related working conditions up to mid-September, most of which centred on safety issues, broadcaster NOS reported on Thursday.

Many of the complaints revolved around the lack of social distancing measures and colleagues coming to work with symptoms, the inspectors said. But several dozen people also complained they were not allowed to work at home even though this was perfectly possible.

Inspectors have also had over 200 reports of possible abuse of government support for companies which have been hard hit by the impact, NOS said.

While some complaints do not contain enough information, have been dropped or referred to another government department, around 2,000 complaints have inspired further action.

In 7% of cases, the inspectors have either fully or partially closed down a company pending improvements, and 3% of cases have resulted in a fine. The inspectors did not give further details but said the fines vary, depending on the offence.

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